Monroeville Mall is most famous as the filming location for the movie Dawn of the Dead, the 1978 cult horror classic, directed by George A. Romero.
In 1977, George A. Romero began filming Dawn of the Dead on location at the Monroeville Mall. All filming inside the mall took place at night after the mall had closed, with filming often continuing until dawn. Filming in the mall began in October 1977, but had to be suspended when the mall’s Christmas decorations were hung shortly after Thanksgiving.
Filming resumed in January after the decorations were removed. It was during that break that much of the mall’s exterior shots were filmed, as well as filming at other locations. In the film’s storyline, the mall was used as a fortress to protect four human survivors from a world taken over by the walking dead.
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